March First Wednesday Speaker? Paul Liberatore!

Paul LiberatorePaul Liberatore will discuss Marin County’s fascinating rock heritage, including Mill Valley’s rich rock legacy at the Mill Valley Historical Society’ March First Wednesday Speaker Program. [details here] Longtime Mill Valley musician Jimmy Dillon will be on hand to add a musician’s point of view. Jimmy is the lead guitarist in Paul’s band, the Liberators, a group that also includes Mill Valley keyboard ace Austin de Lone.
Paul has covered the Marin music scene since 1973 and is considered the foremost

Paul Liberatore - Photo by Robert Sterling - Marin IJ

Paul Liberatore – Photo by Robert Sterling – Marin IJ

historian on Marin County rock and pop music.
After a six-year stint at the IJ in the 1970s, Paul worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, returning to the IJ in 1989. He currently writes general news features and a Friday music column under the signature Lib at Large.
Paul’s nonfiction book, “The Road to Hell,” an investigation of the Marin County Courthouse Shootout and the infamous case of Black Panther George Jackson and radical lawyer Stephen Bingham, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press and was a

Musician Joan Baez poses with Marin IJ reporter Paul Liberatore during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as the 2014 Marin Cultural Icon award winner. The reception took place at the Marin Civic Center on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)

Musician Joan Baez poses with Marin IJ reporter Paul Liberatore during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as the 2014 Marin Cultural Icon award winner. The reception took place at the Marin Civic Center on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)

New York Times Book of the Times. It has recently been optioned for a movie.The Road to Hell
Raised in Southern California, Paul graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in political science. He has won numerous journalism awards, was honored with a Milley Award in 2004 for his contributions to the arts and culture of Mill Valley and became the eighth recipient of the County of Marin’s Cultural Treasure Award in 2014.

Paul Liberatore, center, is joined by musicians (from left) Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Ramlin' Jack Elliott, as well as Wavy Gravy, right, during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as 2014 Marin Cultural Icon on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)

Paul Liberatore, center, is joined by musicians (from left) Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Ramlin’ Jack Elliott, as well as Wavy Gravy, right, during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as 2014 Marin Cultural Icon on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)

May’s First Wednesday event was a great success!

Steve Potts - May 7, 2014 Mill Valley Historical Society

Steve Potts – May 7, 2014
Mill Valley Historical Society


May’s First Wednesday event was a great success. Mountain biking pioneer and Mill Valley native Steve Potts delivered a very thoughtful and engaging presentation to a full house.

In addition to talking about the development of mountain biking he covered much more. Using entertaining stories he talked about growing up in Mill Valley, his travels and discovering his passion for creating and building things – in particular bicycles. That passion steeled him to build a business over the last 40 years that he obviously loves.

Steve Potts
Throughout the discussion he offered many life lessons about work, raising a family and giving back to the community. And perhaps most importantly he reminded us of how lucky we are to live where we do.

“The Swiss Connection” First Wednesday Program

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The second talk of the 2014 First Wednesday Series was another sellout crowd. Tourism in Ticino, Switzerland will probably show a sharp increase as a result of Marilyn Geary’s photos of the Valle Maggio.  Marilyn traced the roots of many West Marin families to Valle Maggio, and she discussed how these families have made an impact on agriculture in West Marin – many of them in cheese making like their ancestors.
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MVHS February 2014 First Wednesday Presentation

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DSC05114On February 5, Betsy Stroman spoke to the Mill Valley Historical Society at the opening First Wednesday presentation of the 2014 season. A crowd of 70 guests listened to Betsy’s talk, which included 35 historic slides and anecdotes of the Sausalito artists of post-war Sausalito.  Betsy focused on the Sausalito Six and other well-known artists of the time.  [click photos to enlarge]

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